Thursday, June 24, 2010

My creative space...

A finished bolero for Adele!!! 

This was completed last night in front of the TV and I love it. I made it with Bendigo Mills 4 ply cotton.

In other news I've recently found out that my uni workload next semester will be significantly higher than I expected - like a whole extra day!!! So this blog and my shop will be winding up. I have a list of priorities and these two are on the bottom of the list. I'll be slowly adding the remainder of my market stock on Made it over the coming few days at discounted rates. I'll always still sew (I actaully only post a very small portion of my creations here), but don't feel that I need to keep this up given that I really need to concentrate on uni and the kids!!

For more creative spaces head over to Kirsty's.....

Friday, June 18, 2010

Good gifts

This is adorable softie was given to Adele when she was born. The very talented Rachel from The Two Windmills made it for her.

She's quite obsessed with it at the moment - spending ALOT of time licking its face!

Happy 30th Birthday Rachel!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

My Creative Space

Is it feeling warmer where you are today??? Nope - not here either, but it didn't stop me staying up past 11 last night working on this summer dress for Adele.

I made it with a few new fat quarters purchased from the Amitie stand at the Quilt and Craft show in Sydney yesterday. Talk about immediate inspiration. I love the contrast of fabrics. The pink yoke fabric is honeycomb kei fabric, not sure what the bottom fabric is but it's very lightweight. The dress is based on this thrifted pattern, but not exactly. 
In my haze of late night sewing I stuffed the button placket and the binding and forgot to trim the yoke, but I think it still works - I just need to finish it before summer.

I also finished another UFO last night...
A vest for Adele. I think every 7 month baby needs a vest right??

And always crocheting on the side...
This will be another bolero for Adele from this Cleckheaton book, made with super soft cotton from the Bendigo Woolen Mills.

For more creative spaces head over to Kirsty's.....

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Beautiful binding

I have an order for a dress based on this one that I made for Adele.

Needing binding to complete it and wanting to use something cool without costing a fortune and importantly, avoiding the shops, I thought I'd knock some up myself. Now this isn't a new activity for me, but I have today made my longest ever piece of continuous bias binding.
Almost 20 meters worth!!! Isn't it beautiful!!!

I didn't expect it to be that long. I just kept ironing the strip that I made from about 1 meter worth of a lovely, pre-washed cotton floral. It's one of my favourite fabrics and has been put to good use. I think I paid about $5 meter for it from my local asian fabric shop and this is some of the last. Needless to say I won't be needing to make binding again for a while and EVERYTHING will be bound with this stuff :)

I'll have to post later this week about the lovely new dress that I made for myself. Unfortunately it is so grotty it needs a proper wash and iron before showing you.

Also, if you are in Sydney or more specifically the south/southwest area, the Sutherland/St George Brown Owls are catching up at Oatley Hotel. Feel free to come along and craft and chat and chat and chat and maybe craft....

Monday, June 14, 2010

Lost camera = neglected blog

This past week has been quite busy, lots of sewing and interesting stuff to talk about, but one lost camera has meant no pictures to document it all. Who would have thought the camera would have been put away in the place where it's supposed to go???

Tomorrow I will aim to take a photo of the new dress I made myself. I wore it to a BBQ on Saturday and got quite slimed by a 7 month old girl eating pumpkin, but hopefully I can clean it up to show ya'll.

In the meantime here is some bread goodness from tonight's dinner.

I've always wanted to know how to make bread, just incase my family ever really needed it and there was only flour and yeast, etc in the house. Let me tell you it is super easy, I just followed this simple recipe.

If you've ever wanted to give bread making a go, I think you really should try it. It doesn't take too much time and effort at all and the results are superb. There's nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread!

For the record, this  chorizo and lentil soup is pretty good too (I didn't add chickpeas as there were none in the pantry) and was also enjoyed tonight by the family.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

How to mind a baby during bath time

Probably won't read about this one in parenting books....


Adele is really getting around these days and has become quite facinated with the toilet. I think this is a much better place to keep her than stroking the base of the loo!!

Hopefully once my chores are done I'll have some exciting sewing progress to show you today.....

Sunday, June 6, 2010

When daddy dresses the babe....

Sometimes they don't get the order of clothes right.

You'd think that by baby no.3 he'd have these small details sorted right??

Despite the rain, there has been alot more necessary crafting this past week. Baby tights were high on the list as I've been having trouble keeping socks on little Adele. If she doesn't take them off then the boys do. The ones pictured above were made with a piece of thrifted jersey. I roughly followed a pattern by Made by Rae, but added alot more length and a little more width as the fabric didn't stretch as much as it probably should have.
Here's another pair which are a little too snug. James once again, providing a few challenges while trying to take photos for this blog... 
And some new booties which I hoped would stay on, but they can also be removed by the babe... sigh... doesn't she know the work and thought I put into these things??? I think I'm going to try to make her some felted boots next, hopefully they will stay on.